Porsche 917 x 17: The Cars and Drivers in Studio
by Jeffrey R. Zwart
Foreword by Derek Bell
Autographed by Vic Elford
Hardcover with slipcase, 264 pages
190 color and black&white photographs
13-1/2 in x 11-1/2″x2″ (29x24x3cm)
Stunning studio images of 17 of the most beautiful and historic Porsche 917 sports cars combined with portraits and recollections of the men who drove them.
Forty years after its 1969 debut, racing fans still regard the Porsche 917 with awe as one of the greatest sports cars ever built. In this book, renowned automotive photographer and director Jeff Zwart follows up his award-winning book, Porsche Rennsport, with exquisitely rendered images of 17 of the most beautiful and historic 917s. Highlights include the first Porsche to win Le Mans overall, the 917K shared by Richard Attwood and Hans Hermann; the Gulf-Wyer 917K shared by Pedro Rodriguez and Jackie Oliver in 1971; and the notorious “Pink Pig” – a 917/s0 that was raced just once by Willi Kauhsen in1971.
Using dramatic angles and controlled lighting, Zwart provides a fresh perspective on these iconic cars. He reveals each 917’s distinctive characteristics and patina, and shows artful technical details from inside the cockpit, chassis, and engine compartments.
These photographs are accompanied by engaging portraits and vivid recollections from 15 Porsche drivers – including Derek Bell, Vic Elford, Brian Redman, Richard Attwood, Rudi Lins, Willi Kauhsen, George Follmer and Hurley Haywood – who look back on the anticipation, fear, and excitement they felt driving the 917.
With its heavy matte art paper, spot varnish, metallic silver ink, and cloth-covered slipcase, the book’s high-quality production is as lavish as Zwart’s photography. Of all the recently published 917 books this one stands alone in offering Porschephiles an all-new take on the cars and drivers.
While the memory of many successful racing cars fades with time, that of the 917 has endured, passing not just into Porsche history but motorsport folklore itself. Amazing when you consider it raced for just five short seasons 40 years ago. The word “legend” is overused generally and in racing circles particularly, but if ay car can be said to be worthy of it, the 917 surely is.